Stem Cell Transplant Program
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Stem Cell Transplant Program

The Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Pennsylvania Hospital offers patients and their families excellence in clinical and supportive care. Stem cell transplantation is a treatment for patients with cancer who have not responded to standard chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment. While high dose therapy is designed to destroy cancer cells, healthy cells may also be affected.

Stem cell transplantation replaces stem cells that are destroyed during treatment making it possible for these patients to receive higher doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy in an attempt to improve outcomes.

About the Program
The Stem Cell Transplant program at Pennsylvania Hospital is one of the few multidisciplinary programs of its kind. Using a patient-centered approach, the program offers medical care and emotional support for you and your family.

Led by Patricia Ford, MD, a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals will meet regularly to discuss your case and develop the best treatment options for you.

Bloodless Stem Cell Transplants
We also offer bloodless stem cell transplant for those who refuse blood products for religious or other reasons. In fact, the Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery at the Abramson Cancer Center is the only center of its kind in the region that offers this option. High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant can be used to treat a variety of malignancies, including multiple myeloma and lymphoma (both Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma).

The process involves administering exceptionally large does of chemotherapy or radiation that would normally destroy healthy cells and bone marrow. To overcome this side effect, Pennsylvania Hospital doctors remove some of your stem cells (which produce the body's blood cells) prior to the high-dose chemotherapy. Once collected, these blood-forming cells are frozen until the high-dose chemotherapy is completed. Then the stem cells are re-infused into the patient.

The Multidisciplinary Team
Throughout your time with us, we encourage you to ask any questions you may have. Your multidisciplinary team includes doctors, an outpatient nurse, an inpatient nurse, social worker, physical therapist, dietician, pharmacist, and stem cell lab technologists. All of these people have experience specific to your cancer and are an excellent source of information for you.

During your first visit you will be evaluated by Patricia Ford, MD, the head of our Stem Cell Transplant team. During this "intake session," you and your family will have the opportunity to meet all the members of the stem cell team who will be caring for you. The purpose of this session is to acquaint you with the role of each team member and to learn about the stem cell program.

We also provide a minister, who is a member of our staff, and offers spiritual support should you desire it. Further, we offer a variety of patient and family support services that may be helpful to you.

 


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